Monday, December 30, 2019

Hoya Kentiana

"Hoya Kentiana"
8 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

The pattern of the leaves, the pattern of the shadows, the pattern on the bowl...this was a very meditative painting to create!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Where Have You Been?

I had a fantastic Fall. 

I got to spend a month painting at an artist's residency in Northern California.
Artists' Residencies are truly special opportunities to immerse yourself not only in your work, but in a community of really diverse creators. I lived with dancers, writers, sculptors, and even an opera composer!
The program is called Djerassi, and it was a really great experience. 

 "Nine Readings"
A series of 10 x 10 inch pieces exploring the symbology of the Tarot.

All painted with a limited palette of Burnt Umber, Ivory Black, Yellow Ochre, and Titanium White.

 My official residency photo - like class pictures in school! :)

Painting a portrait of one of my fellow residents. 
I have a lot of exciting things coming up, and invite you to read all about them in my newsletter, and while you're at it, please subscribe! 

Thank you, as always, for reading. 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Death and The Sun

"Death and The Sun"
13 x 21 inches, oil on canvas

This is the Rider-Waite tarot deck - probably the most well-known tarot deck, designed in 1909, and painted by a female illustrator, Pamela Colman Smith! I've given you two, in the title - what other cards do you recognize?

Friday, September 27, 2019

Favor the Bold

"Favor the Bold"
10 x 10 inches, oil on panel

 Have a great weekend, whatever fortune has in store!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Three Spoons and Plums

"Three Spoons and Plums"
8 x 13 inches, oil on panel

The last of this year's crop of plum paintings!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Teal Toes

"Teal Toes"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas on panel

I'm back home from a wonderful work trip, teaching Portrait and a two-day boot camp in Northern California. Great students, great models, beautiful weather - what's not to love? 

I've got another portrait workshop coming soon - Sept. 21-22, on my home turf, in Eugene. Spaces are still available, and we have two beautiful models lined up. Join me and find out what Zorn palette is all about!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Plums and Milk

 "Plums and Milk"
24 x 24 inches, oil on canvas

Plums and Fabric, once again, along with the milk of the muse. 

Here is a color study I made before taking a deep breath and diving into this big beautiful canvas!

 "Plums and Milk (color study)"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

The pair:

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Italian Plums

"Italian Plums"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

I was given a LOT of these plums by a generous friend with a generous tree. I made five paintings of them last week! So, abundance all around.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Plums on Pink and Blue

"Plums on Pink and Blue"
16 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

I'm exploring "Fabric" with my online mentorship students this month. They've already done some incredible things, and I'm discovering a newfound love for the stuff. Go figure!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

August Hydrangeas

"August Hydrangeas"
16 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

The colors in these "white" hydrangeas are so subtle and varied - I saw a lot of greens reflecting from the ground and the leaves. And where there's green, there's usually purple! Lucky me, my favorite color combo. 

I've got a few more workshops in 2019 - the next one is portrait painting in Eugene, Oregon. It's going to be a small, intimate group (8 max) at one of my favorite local studios, Whiteaker Printmakers. We'll be using the Zorn palette. What is it and how does it work? Come find out! Three spots still open. Click here to view and share.


Monday, September 2, 2019

Chocolate Eggs

"Chocolate Eggs"
12 x 19 inches, oil on canvas

Low key, or overall dark compositions are rather rare for me. I wanted to explore the brown-on-brown, and I do like the velvety darkness of that background.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Blue Hawaii

"Blue Hawaii"
14 x 14 inches, oil on canvas

I like this one so much, I put it on a business card!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Three Brown Eggs - and Pixels!

 "Three Brown Eggs"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

and below:
"Three Brown Eggs/Pixel"
8 x 8 inches, oil on panel


Which came first, the pixels or the eggs?

I've been having a great time over on Instagram, fielding guesses as to what the subject of these pixel paintings might be. In fact, the idea for the fortune cookie painting in my last post came from one of the guesses on this one. It does look kind of like a fortune cookie!

Monday, August 12, 2019


12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

The fortune said "Pleasure awaits your company." :)

Sunday, August 11, 2019


8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

 I've been painting a lot and having a great time. Hope your August is off to a wonderful start as well!

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Pointed Toes

"Pointed Toes"
8 x 13 inches, oil on Masterpiece Hardcore Pro Panel

I adore the texture of these shoes - and they're purple! My favorite color. 

I've been hosting a painting-a-day week on Instagram, and there's been some great work posted, both by my online students, and by other friends. Visit the hashtag #sarahsedwickseveninseven to enjoy the visual feast!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Pitcher of Almond Milk

"Pitcher of Almond Milk"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

I'm tempted to keep this one for myself, it's so soothing to my eye. Some color combinations just speak to us, don't they?

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Chopped Choy

art still life oil painting bok choy vegetable by sarah sedwick
"Chopped Choy"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Another look at this Bok Choy - after the knife treatment! Loved observing the enfolded shapes of the white stems contrasted with that fluttering "skirt!"

Did you get my last newsletter? It's the best way (besides Instagram) to keep up with my biggest announcements. In this edition, I hint around about a sweet giveaway I'm hosting on Instagram this week. Sign up here if you'd like to get the next one!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Monday, July 22, 2019


18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas

A new one, which is actually an older one, reworked. I'm glad I took the risk to experiment with altering it. Here's the before and after:

Sunday, July 21, 2019


"Bound" and "Unbound"
Two canvases, each 10x20 inches, oil
$600 each

A two-for-one blog post today! I didn't really begin painting "Bound" intending to do a follow-up, but the more I got into those gorgeous leaves, the more I wanted to try them from the other direction - and slice one in half. Those leaves were pure joy to paint, from both angles!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Orange Slices and Silver

"Orange Slices and Silver"
8 x 13 inches, oil on canvas on panel

I'm loving this little cream pitcher lately. The reflections in metal are so satisfying to paint. I think I'm going to have to go on a mission to find more silver inspiration!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Orange and Cream

"Orange and Cream"
10 x 10 inches, oil on panel

I've been hosting a week of daily painting on Instagram, and this was my effort for Day 4! Check out the hashtag #sarahsedwickseveninseven to see what others have been up to. Great stuff!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Halved Plum

 "Halved Plum"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas on panel

I painted this one with a slightly wacky limited palette: cadmium orange, alizarin crimson, and phthalo green! 

If you're wondering how on earth that works, perhaps you'd like to join me for an "Oil Painting Boot Camp" workshop and find out! My next one is in beautiful Tubac, Arizona, December 6-8th, and registration just opened! More info here. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Almond Milk

"Almond Milk"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

Sometimes simple is best. :)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Golden Spiral

 "Golden Spiral"
10 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

Why did I call this one "Golden Spiral?" Because it fits so nicely inside the Fibonacci spiral! You can see another painting on a Golden Mean ratio canvas in my previous post.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Slices and Halves

"Slices and Halves"
8 x 13 inches, oil on panel

Kind of a strange canvas size, this 8x13" deal that Masterpiece makes - and strangely wonderful to work on. The reason why isn't a mystery!

13/8 = 1.62, aka the Golden Mean, or Golden Ratio. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Red Heels no. 2

"Red Heels no. 2"
9 x 12 inches, oil on panel

I had a great time teaching portrait with the Zorn palette in Southern California last weekend, and now am planning to enjoy painting a bit of still life in preparation for my next workshop, at the beautiful Gateway Academy in St. Louis, June 21-23. There's still time to register, if you'd like to join me!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Silver Star

"Silver Star"
10 x 10 inches, oil on panel

Although this is pretty much a neutral, gray painting (my palette looked like a swatch set for picking out concrete floor finishes), my eye can still find a range of colors within. Blue, yellow, purple... can you see them?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Green Salsa - A One-Dollar Auction!

 "Green Salsa"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

I taught some GREAT workshops in May,  capped off with Memorial Day weekend at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, on the Oregon Coast, with a wonderful group of artists. 

Here was their value demo, in black and white, which later became this painting!

Oil Painting Boot Camp is turning out to be a really fun workshop - we use only three colors and white (artist's choice!), and do some of my favorite quick exercises - Twisted 20's, Stroke Economy - and of course, work from fun, colorful still lifes!

Beautiful studio, isn't it?

My next Oil Painting Boot Camp will be July 26-28th, at The Oklahoma Academy of Classical Art in Edmond, OK. Join me!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Red Heels

"Red Heels"
10 x 10 inches, oil on panel

When you're a still life painter, people regularly offer to lend you their stuff. Some of my favorite painting experiences have been with borrowed items, and these slick red heels are no exception. Thanks to my artist friend Zoe for volunteering her daughter's shoes!

Some other borrowed-item paintings: